Ahead of the Easter long weekend, we're hitting send early on this week's Five Things. With the federal election looming and campaigning ramping up, it can be difficult to understand which political parties align to our values. This week we look at a data-driven project that has created your perfect political candidate, why police officers are giving traffic offenders a second chance, and crucially, which hot cross buns we'll be devouring over the next four days.
1. THE PERFECT CANDIDATE
As the federal election approaches, The Australian Futures Project has created a program that helps voters align their concerns with political parties. The Perfect Candidate uses data from 125,000 Australians to decipher what policies are most important to voters in each electorate, and suggests a party that best fits their preferences.
2. LEGACY OF THE THRONE
Tourism Ireland has given Game of Thrones fans a new pilgrimage, unveiling stained-glass windows in Belfast City Hall depicting scenes from the cult show. Having filmed part of the series in Northern Ireland, the windows immortalise the show's epic battles, White Walkers and mystical dragons.
3. EASTER'S BEST BUNS
Easter is upon us which means that along with copious amounts of chocolate, you’ll catch us scoffing down as many hot cross buns as we can eat. Good Food has done the hard work for us, ranking the best supermarket buns. Baker’s Delight topped this list, with Coles and Woolies following. We still think you can’t beat homemade!
4. ADS ON THE FLY
Ryanair is now offering advertising space on boarding passes. The move will allow advertisers to target passengers travelling to each of the airline's 216 destinations. Ryanair claims that flyers are in a “positive mood” which makes people most “receptive” to advertising while in transit. We'll settle for extra legroom, thanks.
5. SECOND CHANCES
We don't always get a second chance, however police officers in North America are waiving minor traffic violations for registered organ donors. Raising awareness for National Organ Donation Month, the Second Chances initiative was set up to thank organ donors for their life-saving gifts.